Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management

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2005 Finalists

Class I (Population More Than 250,000)

City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Long Beach, Calif.

A Facility Use Agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Unified School District provides a mechanism for joint use of public facilities to maximize the full range of services and programs in adjacent neighborhoods. The Department currently uses district facilities to provided supervised drop-in recreation programs at more than 20 school sites on a daily basis.

Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation, Indianapolis, Ind.

The park revitalization effort included relocating basketball courts within the park, renovating the existing pool and bathhouse, adding a spray area, adding a soccer and baseball field, renovating the parking lot and installing a walking trail around the park.

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, San Diego, Calif.

Youth ages 10-17 were surveyed to find out priority recreational interests, funding was secured and the Outdoor Adventure Program was born. This program targets low-income homes that struggle to provide basic needs, and provides unique first-time outdoor experiences such as surfing, rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. Through this program, at-risk youth ascertain environmental appreciation, develop positive self-esteem, learn leadership skills and are cultivated as future environmental stewards.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Division, Saint Paul, Minn.

Kellogg Street medians characterize the Blooming Saint Paul "cleanup/ spruce up" initiative started in 2002 that includes 141 major planting locations, 46 partnering organizations and six operating teams dedicated to the ongoing project.

Class II (Population 100,001-250,000)

City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department, Bellevue, Wash.

Bellevue's unique 2,500-acre park system reflects the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest while providing many recreation and leisure opportunities.

City of Westminster Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, Westminster, Colo.

The Promenade Terrace is a beautiful amphitheater, stage, garden and dramatic waterfall nestled into a hillside along a creek side trail in the Westminster Promenade complex. The Promenade is an 80-acre, $200 million pedestrian mixed-use entertainment complex featuring a 24-screen theater, 1/3-mile pedestrian walkway, five-star hotel and conference center, lake, fountains, a three-sheet ice arena and numerous shops and restaurants.

City of Peoria Community Services Department, Peoria, Ariz.

Batter up! Spring Training at the Peoria Sports Complex is an annual draw for baseball aficionados, parents and their kids, and those just looking for an exciting way to spend a spring afternoon. Partnering with the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres has enabled funding for enhancements at Peoria youth multi-purpose fields.

Lake Metroparks, Concord Twp., Ohio

Leisure activities at Chagrin River Park provide the ability to improve health through recreation patterns for the family.

Class III (Population 50,001-100,000)

Bend Metro Park and Recreation District, Bend, Ore.

Larkspur Park is home of the Bend Senior Center and the "all-children's" playground, designed for children of all abilities to play together. The playground was built in partnership with four local Rotary Clubs. The Larkspur Trail joins the park to surrounding neighborhoods and the Urban Trail System.

Wheaton Park District, Wheaton, Ill.

The Rail Skate Park serves teen skaters of varying abilities with portable vert riding (ramps) and street riding (rails, boxes and benches). To meet the needs of this specialized population, the Wheaton Park District created an innovative facility spearheaded by the valuable input of teen focus groups. …

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